The good news is that, for the first time in 17 months we didn’t set a record for global temperatures. Instead, September came in second – by only 0.07 degrees. Despite that,
“For the year to date, the average global temperature was 1.78 degrees F above average, surpassing the heat record set in 2015 by 0.23 degrees.” – NOAA
At this rate it is highly certain that 2016 will set the record for yearly temperatures. Land, sea, and ice data are all setting records, or nearly so. Because data about Nature are naturally chaotic we may see some months above and below the upward trend line, but the trend continues. There’s little reason to believe it will abate. The sad part may be that the news of records has been so constant that we’ve become numb to anything besides a warming planet as if that is the new normal.
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